Fennel EO 5ml

Fennel Foeniculum vulgare from France.

Essential oils are all around us by Melissa Farris.

We ingest essential oils all of the time, often without even knowing it. Ever heard of an Altoid? There are two drops of peppermint essential oil per mint. That’s the secret to what makes them “curiously strong.”

Extracts purchased in your average grocery store are mixtures of essential oils and alcohol. This includes all of the most common flavors: peppermint, clove, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Many foods and beverages derive their signature scents and flavors from essential oils. For example, the complex flavor in Coca Cola, one of the most legendary secrets in the food industry, is derived from essential oils.

But it’s not just the food industry that can use these flavorful oils. With a little know-how, you can use essential oils to create winning recipes (cardamom cookies), brighten up water and cocktails (citrus & mints), and even soothe a sore throat (cypress).


The following recommendations apply only to Veriditas ECOCERT organic essential oils. We cannot vouch for the quality of other companies’ essential oils. As mentioned, most brands on the American market should never be taken internally, as many contain pesticide residues and are not 100% pure, certified organic oils.

With this in mind, the recommended amount for internal use depends on which essential oil you’re using and its quality. The best rule of thumb, however, is to START WITH ONE DROP. You can always add more to taste, or as needed.

2 oz. water/juice
1 tsp. honey
1 sugar cube
1 tsp. olive oil


1-10 drops per day: Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange
1-5 drops per day: Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree
1-2 drops per day: Anise, Basil, Bergamot,Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cocoa in Jojoba, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Fennel, Rose Geranium, Good Samaritan, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine in Jojoba, Lavender Reserve, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Oregano, Pine, Ravintsara, Rose Absolute, Rose in Jojoba, Rose Otto, White Rose, Rosemary Cineol, Spearmint, Thyme Linalol, Thyme Thymol, Vanilla in Jojoba, Ylang Ylang

Essential oils NOT RECOMENDED for internal use

Atlas Cedar, Blue Chamomile, German Chamomile, Carrot Seed, Cinnamon leaf, Cistus, Douglas Fir, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Eucalyptus Globulus, Helichrysum, Lavender Absolute, MQV, Mugwort, Patchouli, Rosemary Verbenone, Sage, Spikenard, Vetiver, Wintergreen.


Start by adding one drop of essential oil for a recipe that serves four. Add additional drops for taste, usually up to six. Always add essential oils at the end of cooking to limit heat exposure, which can damage the molecular structure and potency of the oils. For example, add 3 drops of Basil and 1 drop of Thyme oil to a 4-serving pasta sauce at the end, right before serving.

Get creative! Try 1 drop for these ideas

Peppermint makes a minty mocha or hot chocolate
Anise works well in biscotti and ouzo
Basil is a great addition to olive oil salad dressings or egg dishes
You can make your own Earl Grey tea with bergamot
Cardamom tastes delicious in coffee drinks and Homemade chocolate
A drop of Rose Otto in 1 glass of champagne is out of this world!
Homemade Truffels with any oil! We have made Cardamom, Rose otto, Neroli, Basil, Lemon, Lavender, Coffee, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Cinnomon Bark & Fennel. Each has their own flare, but they are all Magical!

Explore the list above and see what sparks your imagination. Cooking with oils is great fun. They add tremendous flavor, as well as aid in digestion. Armed with a little knowledge and a lot of creativity, your taste buds and digestion will notice the difference.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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